Jacksonville, FL Wills and Trusts Attorneys
Jacksonville Estate Planning Lawyers
Our experience as Florida estate planning attorneys has show us that families are often hesitant to talk about the need for a will. But we also find that talking about your estate plan is a valuable way to plan positively for your future and start a dialogue with your loved ones. At the Jacksonville, FL law office of Beller & Bustamante, P.L., our clients tell us that they gain tremendous peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are taken care of and that their wishes are known in the event that they pass away.
Communicate Your Wishes
Many Floridians identify estate planning with end of life concerns, such as inheritances and estate taxes. Consequently, many of our estate planning clients are surprised to find that an estate plan involves more than just wills and trusts. Depending on your individual and family needs, estate planning can employ any number of tools, documents, directives, and plans. At the Duval County law office of Beller & Bustamante, P.L., we draft those documents specifically to meet your needs, working with you to clearly communicate your wishes before a time comes when you cannot.
Wills and Trusts
Wills and trusts can be used in combination to create a plan for your estate that minimizes estate taxes and helps ensure that your heirs clearly understand your wishes. There is really no such thing as a “simple will” or “simple testament.” As experienced attorneys, we know that even the smallest estates can involve complex matters under Florida and federal law. We know that wills should be drafted by lawyers who can take those complexities into account—making sure that you have a well-prepared and enforceable estate plan.
Powers of Attorney
We work with clients to draft durable powers of attorney: documents that can assist in managing the property of a person who has become incapacitated. Powers of attorney are especially valuable when legal authority is needed for paying the bills and protecting the assets of an incapacitated person. When a business is involved, most estate planning attorneys strongly recommend a chain of succession via durable powers of attorney.
Our knowledgeable attorneys help clients draft written declarations that give healthcare providers directions for using life-prolonging medical procedures. We can also help you appoint a healthcare surrogate. Removing the burden of the decision to administer life-prolonging medicine from your loved ones, takes away any doubt from their decision-making processes.
Advance medical or healthcare directives help doctors and healthcare providers understand your wishes so that they can provide the care that you would like to receive, in the event that you cannot communicate your needs.
These trusts can have serious estate tax advantages and can be highly useful to meet your unique estate planning needs. Irrevocable trusts can be established for a myriad of purposes including the education of a child, the basic needs of minor children or a spouse, to be used to look after a special needs relative, et cetera.
Consider Beller & Bustamante, P.L., when you are considering your will and trust. To speak with our friendly and accessible attorneys, please call our Jacksonville law office at (904) 288-4414. Contact us today.